View Full Version : [ubuntu] Skype and other things with Parallels/Virtual Machine?

August 11th, 2008, 12:58 PM
Hi guys,

Quick question about Parallels/VMWare: If Skype doesn't work with microphone and camera mode on ubuntu (tried a lot and it didn't work), should I be able to use one of the above softwares to run windows in parallel to use it via windows? This is purely generally speaking, because it is one of the things that I haven't got to work yet in ubuntu (but works well on XP) and will soon be heavily relying on again.
If so, which one would you suggest?

the other software that I would need to use in the near future is ChemDraw (sorry, I'm slightly different kind of geek) which doesn't have any support in linux (yet) afaik. any idea whether I can copy/paste structures from VMWare into open office document?



August 11th, 2008, 01:06 PM
To answer your second question: I use VMWare the other way (run Ubuntu on Windows)...but I can not copy and paste between them...if I select "Copy" in the virtual machine, then that data is stored on the Virtual Machines clipboard, not the host.

However, you can run Open Office on the Virtual Windows installation, and save a document from there to a shared resource.

August 11th, 2008, 05:41 PM
Poo! ;( Ok, first drawback if it is true for the other way round - windows in ubuntu, that is (don't see why not).

Ah well, thanks anyways, I'll probably just try to use Skype via this. Which software would be good? Afaik, VMWare is free and Parallels commercially available... that right?

August 11th, 2008, 05:47 PM
There's no reason not to try skype. I was able to get a USB phone to work in an Ubuntu hosted XP guest in vmware but it wouldn't work in Ubuntu.

I've been using vmware server for at least 3 years now with zero complaints.

There's also a new open source virtual machine called virtualbox (http://www.virtualbox.org/), but some people seem to have difficulty getting networking set up correctly.

As for ChemDraw, Wine (http://www.winehq.org/) might be an option for you: http://appdb.winehq.org/objectManager.php?sClass=application&iId=3060

sudo aptitude install wine

August 11th, 2008, 06:34 PM
Hey thanks dmizer,

you're giving me some hope at least :). Will try it right after work.

I never gave Wine a try for this reason. (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=411537)

cheers guys


EDIT: Sorry, I just found out that there have been made advances by the Wine team to get ChemDraw to work now. According to their website (http://appdb.winehq.org/objectManager.php?sClass=version&iId=7667&iTestingId=23828) it has a gold rating now.

...Should have researched into the topic a bit more. stupid me.